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southernerdssouthernerd Posts: 5
edited 05/08/2015 - 9:21 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello folks,

I just got some new vertebral jewelry Monday and I'm curious about my experience so far.

I've had long standing multilevel issues since I was a kid and the time finally came this week. I had HNP From C4/5 down with severe stenosis bilateral with fairly severe cord compression at the operative levels. A friend operated on me and was nice enough to avoid cutting muscle and I've not been required to wear a collar except when lying down. I have already noticed a lot of improvements but also some things that were unexpected.

For starters, the positive, I seems to be feeling more than I did before, like temperature sensitivity and I feel like my lower body is more "there." I haven't read this as an issue with cord compression but it feels as if my body had been muted, so to speak. So I'm not sure if this is placebo or real improvement.

The negative, I have a lot of arm weakness bilaterally and can barely raise them above my head. My Dr told me in particular that my C5 root was one of the worst he's seen and had scarring from the cord to the foramen and was flattened. He took a lot of time making room and explained that my nerve will basically be regaining its shape as the CSF and blood again flows and that I should expect a lot of changes as this occurs.

What I'm wondering is if others have had these types of experiences and if so how did these sensations evolve through recovery? I particularly interested in the issue with the cord compression and arm weakness because they weren't expected and I am not finding literature on these issues. I really feel fortunate at this point, as if I've dodged a bullet long term. But the curiosity is still there and I appreciate any insight you may offer.


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  • Hi Liz,

    glad you are feeling better, I had ACDF C5, C6 two level done almost 5 weeks now, my issue was also started over 20 years ago, I have reverses curve of the neck, arthritis, C5 C6 basically collapse onto each other, but my weakness came all of a sudden right after new year. (right arm, bicep and shoulder "deltoid") I can barely left my arm up over my head. fast forward to now, my arm is still weak, but I notice my bicep is a little stronger, I can hold onto something longer, my grip is good but my arm is weak to stay up.

    Doctor said it will take time, and probably start PT after my 6 weeks post op appointment. the nerve needs time to uncompressed. remember you will have good days and bad days, some days I feel stranger than other days. take it easy and rest...

  • Thank you, Kenny. I appreciate the insight.
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